New Commissions

The Poetry Society is committed to encouraging the development and production of new poetry in all its forms, and creating a space for poetry in the public domain.

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Latest Commissions

The Fleming Collection, London




The Poetry Society has worked with the Fleming Collection to commission a poem inspired by their painting 'The Eve of the Battle of the Somme’ by Sir Herbert James Gunn and mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Still from Evaporations by Alice Oswald and Chana Dubinski


Poet Alice Oswald and artist Chana Dubinski have collaborated to create a new filmpoem exploring water’s different states. The theme of National Poetry Day 2013 is ‘Water, Water Everywhere’. The Poetry Society commissioned this new work to celebrate.

Still from Alastair Cook's film The Black Delph Bride

The Poetry Society has commissioned four new filmpoems from poets Jo Bell, Liz Berry, Ian Duhig and Ian McMillan for National Poetry Day. Produced in partnership with the Canal & River Trust as part of the Canal Laureate 2013 project, the canal-themed filmpoems have all been produced by filmmaker and photographer Alastair Cook, and were premiered at National Poetry Day Live at the Southbank Centre in London on 3 October 2013.

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The Poetry Society's Young Poets Network teamed up with Cape Farewell - the international not-for-profit organisation set up to instigate a cultural response to Climate Change, based in the Science Museum's Dana Centre, London. Poet Karen McCarthy Woolf set four poetry challenges hosted on the Young Poets Network which invited young poets to respond to Cape Farewell’s archive of photos, videos and blog posts. Switch: Year 2, led by Helen Mort was launched in December 2013 and will culminate in a large scale 

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Happy Birthday London Underground, 150 years old.  ITV's news programme 'London Tonight' asked the Poetry Society to commission a poem to mark the Tube's anniversary. John Hegley wrote a poem on the spot. Here's his poem, 'Of Mice and Many'. Written, filmed and broadcast on 11 January 2013.

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For the fourth year running, The Poetry Society, in partnership with the Mayor of Oslo’s Office and the Royal Norwegian Embassy, will wrap the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree in a poem. Drawing inspiration from primary school children's poems written during workshops in November, a final poem has been written by Jackie Kay, to celebrate this symbol of international friendship through poetry.  


The Poetry Society commissioned poet Coral Rumble to write a guide to help parents and carers enjoy poetry with under 7's - to accompany their animated 'A Poem is...' series.


The Poetry Society commissioned Ian McMillan to write a new poem in celebration of our canals, marking the launch of the Canal & River Trust.


For Valentine’s day 2012, the energy ombudsman got together with the Poetry Society and poet Matt Harvey to call for more healthy relationships between customers and energy companies. Read and listen to Matt's anti-Valentine poem: a tale of lost love, suffering, heartache and ultimately rejection.

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Specially commissioned by the Poetry Society to mark the 40th anniversary of the Churches Conservation Trust, Pauline Stainer writes 'A Kind of Quickening'.

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Morrisons call on the help of Food Laureates, John Mole, Ian McMillan and Peter Sansom to find memorable ways of recalling recipes.

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The Poetry Society collaborated with Tate Etc, the magazine of the Tate galleries, to curate their Poem of the Month during the Society's centenary year.